By WLOX Staff
JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Authorities on Tuesday announced that they had busted Mississippi's largest methamphetamine distribution ring.
Eighteen people face federal charges, and 30 others face state charges. Some of the suspects go by aliases like Batman, Smooth, Gunslinger and Dream.
Authorities confiscated several pounds of meth with a street value of more than $1.5 million. Also seized were five vehicles (two of which had hidden compartments), two stolen motorcycles, twp stolen 4-wheelers, three silencers and more than 50 firearms. At least one of those is believed to be a fully automatic assault rifle.
Joel Reece, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, said Tuesday in a news conference at the U.S. attorney's office that the ring distributed up to 50 pounds of meth a month.
MBN Director Marshall Fisher said, "This violent organization has operated with impunity for some time, and is responsible for distributing multi-pound quantities of Mexican methamphetamine over a significant period of time. We believe the arrests and successful prosecution of this entire organization will significantly impact the availability of this highly addictive illicit narcotic in the state of Mississippi."
Tuesday's arrests were made in Walthall, Lincoln, Pike, Marion, Hinds, and Rankin Counties. More arrests and indictments are expected as the investigation continues.